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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Two dealers appear in court on federal drug charges

Logan woman sentenced to federal prison for oxycodone crime; Charleston man faces up to 20 years for heroin crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two defendants appeared in federal court today on drug charges, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Keri Browning, 28, of Logan, was sentenced to a year and 11 months in federal prison for distribution of oxycodone. In a separate drug prosecution, Charles York Walker, Jr., 38, of Charleston, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Browning admitted that on February 4, 2016, she sold oxycodone to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. The drug deal took place at Browning’s Rossmore Road residence in Logan.

In a separate prosecution, law enforcement arrested Walker pursuant to an arrest warrant on July 14, 2016, near the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Russell Street in Charleston. Through a search incident to that arrest, an officer found heroin in Walker’s pockets. Walker admitted that he intended to distribute the heroin. Walker faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on April 20, 2017.

The investigation of Browning was conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney John J. Frail is in charge of Browning’s prosecution. The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team conducted the investigation of Walker. Assistant United States Attorney Clint Carte is responsible for the prosecution of Walker. The defendants appeared before United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

These prosecutions are part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of pills and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs
Updated January 26, 2017